Tour Diary – India Line Up Back-up Bowlers to Prepare Themselves in Sizzling Heat

Anand Vasu | Updated: September 15, 2018, 4:26 PM IST

Tour Diary - India Line Up Back-up Bowlers to Prepare Themselves in Sizzling Heat

Avesh Khan. Image: Getty Images

What happens when one tournament begins in Dubai even as a series in England ends? There simply isn’t enough time for players to transition swiftly from rainy summers to hot winters. The Board of Control for Cricket in India, however, smartly helped solve this problem.All those Indian cricketers not playing in England, from Rohit Sharma to Mahendra Singh Dhoni, landed in Dubai as part of the first batch, with others to follow when possible. There was only one small problem – with no support staff and only half a team, how were they supposed to train?

This too, was taken care of. India have sent five bowlers who have the most thankless job in the world. In the heat of Dubai, these young men will bowl to the Indian team, without a chance of selection. M. Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan and Siddarth Kaul were the three medium pacers chosen for the posting, joined by leg-spinner Mayank Markande and Shahbaz Nadeem, the experienced and canny left-arm spinner.

All these players have turned out for India A and are therefore not to be trifled with, but the batsmen had more difficulty acclimatizing to the weather than in facing the bowling.

“It’s not so pleasant for sure, which is probably the reason we wanted to come early and prepare ourselves,” Rohit said. “As for the guys who are coming back from England, having been away from home for so long, it is only right for them to spend a couple of days with their families and then come over and spend some time in the middle. It’s going to be tough to face the conditions but it’s going to be the same again.”

First Published: September 15, 2018, 4:22 PM IST